Going retro is certainly a popular theme these days and Leaf’s latest effort is no exception to that trend. This week, Leaf’s 2013 Memories Baseball collection packs out and is filled with tribute cards saluting Leaf baseball cards from years gone by as well as cards of today’s top prospects sporting retro designs. Each box will contain five or six autographs when they arrive later this month.
“There is such a rich history with Leaf baseball cards that we just wanted to pay homage to some of the top cards from yesteryear by actually including buyback cards from some of those glory sets,” said Leaf President Brian Gray.
Collectors find buyback cards from previous years’ sets spanning 1985 to 1992 including some on-card autographs gracing many of those cards featuring baseball superstars such as Cal Ripken Jr., Nolan Ryan, Rickey Henderson, Edgar Martinez, Frank Thomas, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Fred Lynn, Roger Clemens, Dale Murphy and Will Clark. Every base-level parallel autographed card is crash-numbered to the featured player’s jersey number. Dale Murphy (jersey No. 3) and Molitor (No. 4) lead the way.
“Leaf Memories” on-card autographs spotlight the top picks in the 2013 Baseball Draft. Standouts like Mark Appel and Kris Bryant top the list and each of the cards is designed to mirror Leaf’s 1990 baseball effort. A pair of top prospects from Cuba, Jose Abreu and Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, are also part of the mix.
Other hits include randomly inserted redemption cards good for choice Leaf Authentics memorabilia items ranging from signed bats from Frank Thomas and Jason Heyward to a baseball signed by President Obama.
Each box includes 13 cards: one 1991 Leaf Buyback base card (numbered to /5 or /1); six Leaf Memories prospects base cards; five Leaf Memories draft/prospects autographed cards; and either one Leaf Memories Buyback autographed card or one memorabilia redemption card.